Pre-Planning Recap: Day 1

pre-planningOpening Session Agenda:
1) Welcome
2) Special Guests: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lead us in icebreakers (Thank you Matt & Laura)
3) Circle up and introduce yourself
4) Play game “Would you rather”
– Apples, Oranges, Peaches
– 70s, 80s, or 90s
– Bring back Chris Farley or John Candy
5) Tips for how to get the most out of your pre-planning experience
– Accept the calendar invitations (and notice details ie location)
– Make wise use of your “GTD” (Get Things Done) times
– Be early/on time and ready to contribute, move us forward
– Look for someone to help
6) Inspiration: Share about “Raiders Guys” and compare to Gold Standard PBL
7) Break and Transition to PBL Session w/Jenny & Maggie

Location: New, empty Middle School room


Pre-Planning Template

Pre-Planning Template

Pre-planning is an exciting, creative, critical, and stressful time all at once. Teachers are anxious to prep their plans and classrooms. Administrators want to give and protect teacher planning time, yet also devote team time to key initiatives and wildly important goals. In addition, there are other important groups that need time with both teachers and admin (CPR training, Advancement, Business Office, R & D), plus time to connect with “All School.” Finding the right balance can be challenging.

Pre-planning template
Pre-planning template

In the spirit of sharing, here is the template we used this year. Gold represents Middle School team time. Royal blue stands for “Get Stuff Done” – time for teachers to do as they see fit. Navy blue is for “All School events.” Red is for CPR. White is for lunch, photos, and orientation.

As much as possible, faculty members are invited to create and lead sessions, distributing leadership across the team. And our team does such a great job!

For those responsible for planning your team’s pre-planning agenda, feel free to use this for inspiration. And please share your own tips and insights!


New Faculty Orientation & Admin Meeting Recap

new teacher orientationToday was a full and fun day of meeting with new and familiar teammates. We welcomed all of the new faculty members with some fun icebreakers, followed by a Design Thinking Flashlab, then a few other sessions followed by a relaxing lunch.
chip - new teacher orientationAfterwards, the Admin Team, led by Dr. Jacobsen, met to discuss our summer reading
“A Curious Mind” by Brian Grazer, reflecting and sharing on a time when we were curious.

– is a tool
– is a technique
– is essential to survival
– allows, presumes, creates
– is risky
– is vital to storytelling, is the engine of a great story
– is fun, enriching

My question, “Where does curiosity come from?” or “Why do we get curious? Why are we wired for natural curiosity?”

From a book called “The Connection Culture”

People who feel connected…
– perform at the top of their game
– give their best effort
– align their behavior with the organization’s goals
– help improve the quality of decisions
– actively contribute to innovation

“every conversation provides an opp to…
– move the vision forward
– neutralize it
– take it backwards”

Check out the Manhattan Henge by Neil Tyse DeGrassie

How do you practice curiosity as a daily discipline?

“To care about people, you have to wonder about them.” – B. Grazer

We were sorted by teams and challenged to be Multipliers.
– Different type of leadership calculation
– What I invest in today will impact tomorrow
– Achieves breakthroughs in small bites with exponential results
– Stops prioritizing the urgent (how soon is it going to matter?) and starts prioritizing the significant (how long is this going to matter?)

We participated in breakout sessions and got to hear from several of our teams (Admissions, Philanthropy, Partnerships, Brand/Communications, & Business Office) Each presenter/workshop was fun and insightful – I’m proud to be part of a team with these professional folks!